Winter – Spring 2022
Cellist Camille Thomas, who signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon in 2017, understands art’s power to bring people together from diverse cultures, countries, and backgrounds. She took part in the world premiere recording of Fazil Say’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra ‘Never Give Up’, the composer’s response to terrorist attacks on Paris and Istanbul, written expressly for Thomas. Her remarkable series of videos, sharing music from empty museums in Paris during lockdown, have been transformative experiences for thousands of viewers. She has worked with acclaimed conductors such as Paavo Järvi, Mikko Franck, and Darrell Ang and orchestras like Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Academia Santa Cecilia. In 2019, she made her highly anticipated U.S. debut at the Brevard Music Festival and continued with in person and online performances with Purdue Convocation, The Cliburn, Peoples’ Symphony Concerts, and more. Camille studied in Frans Helmerson’s and Wolfgang-Emmanuel Schmidt’s classes at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, after working with Marcel Bardon and Philippe Muller in Paris and Stephan Forck in Berlin. Camille plays the Stradivarius “Feuermann” (1730) thanks to the generosity of the Nippon Music Foundation and a bow by Eugène Sartory kindly on extended loan from the Fondation Roi Baudoin – Fonds Bollandsee.
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